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Little Fella’s First Night at Gullringstorp


Little fella is comfy cozy in his cuddle cup. He has a heat pad inside his bed under a soft pad. I thought he might be lonely so I borrowed Sidney’s heated monkey. It is a cold night with snow in the air. Little fella as well as Punch & Judi have heating pads tucked into their beds that will keep them warm for 10 hours.

Good night sweet baby! 😴 See you in the morning. 😊❤ #guineapigsofinstagram #guineapig


New Baby Guinea Pig arrives at Gullringstorp!


Our new member of our household arrived this evening. I want to thank Carola the breeder for such a precious baby. He’s only 5 weeks old. Since he’s so tiny, he will live temporarily in the small cage. He will remain there for the next couple of days getting used to his new home and environment. New sights, sounds and smells. It will be a while before he meets his brothers. Little fella has a choice of beds, a cuddle cup and a Li’l Sis Eco Friendly Snuggle Pouch. He took an immediate liking to his cuddle cup. He has a dish of fresh greens to nibble, hay and a water bottle. He has no name yet, that’s ok.

Welcome to our family little fella. #guineapigsofinstagram #guineapig


Treats for Piggies


My piggies got new cuddle cups to relax in. They match the fleece cage liners they already have. There’s a little wee wee pad and 2 cute pillows in each. Can’t wait to see them in their new cuddle cups. Of course Pip who is so curious, photo bombs my photos, 😊❤️

They also got Christmas gifts. They are actual edible hay houses with coconut roofs. I bought them 2 to see them through the winter months. Guinea pigs require chew treats to help maintain healthy teeth. I hope the enjoy nibbling on their new hay houses.


RECYCLE ♻️ and REUSE


Hej from Gullringstorp!

We always REUSE and RECYCLE items at Gullringstorp and Li’l Sis Eco Friendly Goat Milk Soap.

There’s an ongoing dilemma when it comes to hay supplies and guinea pigs. I’ve watched tons of videos on YouTube to see how others care for their piggies. I always see them taking out huge amounts of hay and tossing it. How can they afford that, one and two, so much is being wasted. Guinea pigs love to wallow in their hay and very often wee wee and poo in their pile of hay. There are hay bags that help a bit, but there’s still waste.

My piggies are no different. I have to always pull out soiled hay.

I have a great supply of hay in my stable because of my goats, but I still need to find ways to cut down on waste with my goats as well as my piggies. There has been a severe hay shortage for all farmers in our area. What we were able to buy has to last through our winter. We can’t afford wasted hay, in the house and in the stable.

My idea was first a box with holy cut out for my boys to access the hay. During my search I ran across a stack of Boris’ empty food containers.

2 side by side

Taped together

Stuffed with fresh clean hay

The idea is, my boys can enjoy fresh clean hay without soiling it or accidentally eating soiled hay.

Piggies love to bury themselves in a pile of hay. Well, I want to make sure my boys get to enjoy a big pile of hay in a container they are used to being in while I clean their home.

I hope they accept this new system. One thing I’m comfortable with, is that the openings to each container is smooth with no rough edges. If they are cheeky enough to go into the containers, its ok. They can get out. I also gave my piggies a wee wee pad so they can stand, eat and wee wee or poo away from their hay supply.

This was yesterday. My last photo shows emptied out containers I found this morning!!!

UPDATE:

It worked!! It’s been nearly one week and hardly any hay waste !! Absolutely no soiled hay either!! It’s working wonderfully. 😊


REUSE & RECYCLE


Hej from Gullringstorp!

We always REUSE and RECYCLE items at Gullringstorp.

There’s an ongoing dilemma when it comes to hay supplies. I’ve watched tons of videos on YouTube to see how others care for their piggies. I always see them taking out huge amounts of hay and tossing it. How can they afford that, one and two, so much is being wasted. Guinea pigs love to wallow in their hay and very often wee wee and poo in their pile of hay. There are hay bags that help a bit, but there’s still waste.

My piggies are no different. I have to always pull out soiled hay.

I have a great supply of hay in my stable, but I still need to find ways to cut down on waste with my goats as well as my piggies.

My idea was first a box with holy cut out for my boys to access the hay. During my search I ran across a stack of Boris’ empty food containers.

2 side by side

Taped together

Stuffed with fresh clean hay

The idea is, my boys can enjoy fresh clean hay without soiling it or accidentally eating soiled hay.

Piggies love to bury themselves in a pile of hay. Well, I want to make sure my boys get to enjoy a big pile of hay in a container they are used to being in while I clean their home.

I hope they accept this new system. One thing I’m comfortable with, is that the openings to each container is smooth with no rough edges. If they are cheeky enough to go into the containers, its ok. They can get out.

Wish us luck.😊

RECYCLED food containers from Boris

Containers are taped securely

Fresh clean hay can be stuffed in and kept clean

The new hay containers are placed where my piggies are accustomed to finding their hay

A fresh clean wee wee pad is placed where piggies will be sitting and enjoying their hay. I have made several of these pads so they can be replaced, daily, if needed


Bronte Country


Rachel and I had a wonderful and emotional experience with a train trip to Bronte country. It was a cold and rainy day, so befitting of a visit to the land of Heathcliff and Jane Erye.

A trip never to be forgotten.


Guinea Pig Fleece Laundry


Some of their fleece was purchased and the rest I made for them. It’s great to have a big collection so you can change whenever needed. I like to keep my piggies clean and comfortable.


Yummy Food in London


We enjoyed a delicious dumplings along with char sui pork and rice and Chinese greens with oyster sauce. All topped off with a yummy coconut tea with pearls.

We will certainly visit Jens again.


Fall Sounds


Fall sounds at Gullringstorp.


2nd Burmation


Well, something is happening that I did not expect. After much in depth research, I understand it is possible.

Sidney has gone into burmation!!

Last year she decided to have her first sleep in Dec. This year is quite a bit earlier. After researching several Bearded Dragon sites and forums, I’ve learned that she actually was a bit late last year. Typical months are August, September, October and November.

My thoughts are, since we had an extremely hot July and beginning of August then abruptly went to very low temperatures, this may have triggered her sleep.

She is settled down behind her log, nice and cozy in her substrate. I can see her from the side of her tank. She’s moved several times but remains in the same area. God, I miss her. After reading all I could, I know she’s not sick. I did offer her water with drops from a syringe, she refused it. She looked up at me as if to say, I’m ok mom. With that look I knew it was time to let her sleep. I un plugged everything, lights and heat lamps.

So for the record, Sidney went into her 2nd burmation, Aug. 30, 2018

Needless to say, I will be a bit of a wreck till she wakes up. Anyone with dragons sleeping this early, I’d love to hear from you. Please join me in wishing Sidney a peaceful, uneventful sleep.😴 #beardeddragon #burmation #pet


Castration Day


My 3 little bucklings got castrated today. It was time. Soon all those bucky behavior will be over. Wee wee on the face, trying to mount the girls and ladies.

Our vet Magnus came ready for a big job. My boys are young but were all 3, quite well endowed. Magnus was so surprised at the size if their pouches.

They were sedated and fell asleep. A local was given to lessen any pain.

While my boys were out, I did pedicures and they got their ear tags.

All went according to plan. All 3 are up and eating.

We are happy it’s all done.


Pearl’s Grandbabies


My little Pearl’s chicks are all grown up with chicks of their own. Last night I saw two mommies who have been nesting together in a little hutch, outside. There were 2 eggs in the hutch.

The hutch is actually the top portion of a covered cat litter pan. We RECYCLE and REUSE as often as we can at Gullringstorp.

This tiny family unit consists of 3 ladies and 1 rooster. Oliver has been the best to his ladies. Very often, I’ve opened their door to find all 4 cuddled up inside the tiny hutch.

With the 2 mommies outside last night, I was so worried something had happened to the babies. The one mommy stood up and I saw tiny feet x2!!!

Not sure if both mommies actually sat on an egg each or if one stayed to keep the other company. How ever it can be broken down, those two chicks will be loved and cared for by the entire family.

When I saw the babies out with the larger hens, I got scared. I’ve always separated mommies and babies to safe guard them from the adults who can be very mean and cruel.

When I brought out the new container, I saw the babies just navigating their way between all the adult legs. They were with their family and they were safe.

We are just delighted to welcome these 2 to Gullringstorp


Rain !!!


We finally have rain at Gullringstorp after an extremely hot and dry summer.

Our boys are out because they hate inside days.

Our mothers and babies are inside today. They all received yummy branches to occupy their time.


Jill


My little Jill has laid eggs. I wonder if we will have babies. Sweet Jack & Jill. 😊❤️🍼#africanalbinodwarffrogs #africanfrogs #dwarffrogs #pet


Pillow


You can not believe how happy this makes me. I found this beautiful pillow with a removable cover and thought it would be great for my Boris. I know, not the couch or my bed but for Boris. Well, it has been in his enclosure for 3 days and he’s been so afraid of it. I placed it so he would have to pass over it to reach his meal and water bowl. He wouldn’t even look in that direction. I just walked in to see my Boris all comfy cozy on his new pillow. He still has his fish pillow on the other side. I am so happy!!😁❤ #greeniguana #iguana #iguanasofinstagram #reptile


First Wash


Today I washed my new cage liners for my two piggies, Punch & Judi.

I purchased these as reversible so that I could get longer wear. I was able to use the blue side for 5 days then turned the liners over to have a clean blue side.

My new cage liners washed up and dried like a dream. Fluffy and soft. No bunching or shrinkage.

So very happy with this purchase.

If you have piggies or small pets on fleece, I recommend CottonTailPatterns on Etsy. They are out of the UK and do ship WORLDWIDE. Great product and work.


Clouds


Clouds over Gullringstorp, before the rain.


Tana


My sweet little Tana.


Tonight’s Dinner


Good evening from Gullringstorp!

Tonight’s dinner:

Sticky Asian Wings

Garlic Sautéed Pak Choi

Jasmine Rice

❤️🍽


House Cleaning


My piggies Punch & Judi got a clean enclosure this morning.

I have my piggies on comfortable fleece instead of shavings. It may be an initial out lay of funds but these can be washed dried and re used for years. It’s also quite comfy on wee piggy feet.

Their enclosure is sprayed down with a water/vinegar soloution and wiped down.

The piggies wait patiently in a container lined with a towel.

I’ve replaced the soiled liners with my brand new cage liners. These beautiful reversible liners have the best absorbent inner material, Zorb. It holds X10 its weight in liquid. This material pulls all liquids away from the top layer of fleece, leaving it soft and dry for my piggies. I also have sweet little pads for any water bottle leakage.

I also put up their new chew garlands. So cute from the Chinchilla Lady.

I’m very happy with my new cage liners.

Thank you, Helen of CottonTailPatterns in the UK.


Too Hot!!


Pip is enjoying his new Cooling Mat. With the continuation of our extreme heat, these became a must. Max and Tasha are my two that are really uncomfortable on regular hot days. This heat wave is a bit too much for them. They have Chill Out cooling collars.

These Cooling Mats are designed to draw heat away from your pet. The mesh top layer is cool to the touch. They are non toxic and 100% safe for animals. I have purchased 4 so both Max and Finn have one as well as Pip and Tasha our 2 cats.

There is no AC in homes here on Sweden. We are fortunate to have a portable AC in our bedroom, but the rest of our home is a sauna. Our normally cool wood floors are warm.☀️️😰🔥I do my best to make sure everyone is comfortable.


Punch


Punch enjoying parsley sprigs at lunchtime.


Mommy Time


This little mommy needed a break. I let her out to enjoy the sunny day and her flock pals. She had a wonderful sand bath. Her baby was not only safe in her enclosure without mommy, her dad Winston was babysitting. I came back in the house and prepared meal for Boris, Sidney and the piggies. After all was done, i headed back out to reunite mommy and baby.❤️🍼🐣🐓